This week was really wonderful! We had a member of the 70 come for mission tour, and it was sooooo good!! 8 hours in a meeting never passed so fast!! I learned so much from Elder Pearson. I realized that I have gotten stuck in a rut and haven’t been doing my best for a while now. I’ve really been inspired to work harder and become who I was meant to be. Sister Mataoa and I really discussed how we felt, what we had learned from the meeting, and made some huge goals. All I can say is I will never be the same missionary again. And that this is the perfect time…. new year… new beginning, and .....A NEW AREA!!!
That’s right everyone, this homebody finally got transferred out of Tamavua!! I found out way late Saturday night, and they said I would probably be flying out Tuesday or Wednesday. No worries right? Wrong!! Church went well, I had a nice farewell with the traditional singing of 'God Be With You' and some teary good byes, then lunch at the military barracks with the youth, and my last Sunday dinner with sister Singh and the fam. They’ve been my family here. Rohit had bought a cake with my name on it (spelled “pine” :D ) I’ll miss them and the other ward members so much!! Not to mention all the investigators I’m leaving behind. Here’s the crazy part. At 11 Sunday night I found out the AP's were picking me up at 7 Monday morning!! I spent the whole night packing and washing clothes with a few hours nap in between. I successfully sorted through my luggage and put half in storage, (I was only allowed to take 30 pounds of my stuff!) cleaned the whole flat, and hopped in the AP's van with Sister Mataoa and Elder Swerling. On the drive to Nausori I finally got to see the other end of the Tamavua area! Took me long enough huh? It goes so far into the forest that we had never been to the edge before. It’s way in the bush!! Elder Palmer and I said goodbye to everyone then went to wait for the flight. It was so nice to have an experienced flyer with me. He’s flown to my area a few times and told some awesome stories. It was really fun.
I just got off the plane an hour ago, met my new companion, Sister Chong from Hawaii, and sent this letter for the blog so no awesome stories yet…… but I’ll keep you posted.
I’ve learned alot in Tamavua and I will miss the people, but I’m grateful for this transfer. I feel like I had been in the area too long and wasn’t being challenged anymore. Serving in Labasa will be a new start for me and I’m going to do the best I can here. We'll see how far the spirit will take me! I haven’t seen the area yet so I don’t have anything to report, but so far I love it here. More sun, more fields, and less humidity yay!! Plus I have alot of friends up here already. My first district leader is one of the zone leaders, its great to be with them again. Aahh!! no time to finish!!
Love you everyone!!! Hope you have a fantastic week and lift someone’s spirits this Christmas season.